Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To look at attentively; observe closely.
  • transitive v. To look upon or consider in a particular way: I regard him as a fool.
  • transitive v. To hold in esteem or respect: She regards her teachers highly.
  • transitive v. To relate or refer to; concern: This item regards their liability.
  • transitive v. To take into account; consider.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To take care of.
  • intransitive v. To look or gaze.
  • intransitive v. To give heed; pay attention.
  • n. A look or gaze.
  • n. Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
  • n. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has high regard for your work.
  • n. Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
  • n. A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
  • n. Basis for action; motive.
  • n. Obsolete Appearance or aspect.
  • idiom as regards Concerning.
  • idiom in With respect to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A look; aspect directed to another; view; gaze.
  • n. Attention of the mind with a feeling of interest; observation; heed; notice.
  • n. That view of the mind which springs from perception of value, estimable qualities, or anything that excites admiration; respect; esteem; reverence; affection; ; -- often in the plural.
  • n. State of being regarded, whether favorably or otherwise; estimation; repute; note; account.
  • n. Consideration; thought; reflection; heed.
  • n. Matter for consideration; account; condition.
  • n. Respect; relation; reference.
  • n. Object of sight; scene; view; aspect.
  • n. Supervision; inspection.
  • intransitive v. To look attentively; to consider; to notice.
  • transitive v. To keep in view; to behold; to look at; to view; to gaze upon.
  • transitive v. Hence, to look or front toward; to face.
  • transitive v. To look closely at; to observe attentively; to pay attention to; to notice or remark particularly.
  • transitive v. To look upon, as in a certain relation; to hold as an popinion; to consider
  • transitive v. To consider and treat; to have a certain feeling toward.
  • transitive v. To pay respect to; to treat as something of peculiar value, sanctity, or the like; to care for; to esteem.
  • transitive v. To take into consideration; to take account of, as a fact or condition.
  • transitive v. To have relation to, as bearing upon; to respect; to relate to; to touch; ; -- often used impersonally.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To look upon; observe; notice with some particularity; pay attention to.
  • To look toward; have an aspect or prospect toward.
  • To attend to with respect; observe a certain respect toward; respect; reverence; honor; esteem.
  • To consider of importance, value, moment, or interest; mind; care for: as, to regard the feelings of others; not to regard pain.
  • To have or to show certain feelings toward; show a certain disposition toward; treat; use.
  • To view; look on; consider: usually followed by as.
  • To have relation or respect to; concern: as, this argument does not regard the question.
  • To show attention to; care for; guard.
  • Synonyms To remark, heed, estimate, value.
  • To have concern; care.
  • n. Look or gaze; aspect.
  • n. Attention, as to a matter of importance or interest; heed; consideration.
  • n. That feeling or view of the mind which springs especially from estimable qualities in the object; esteem; affection; respect; reverence: as, to have a great regard for a person.
  • n. Repute, good or bad, but especially good; note; account.
  • n. Relation; respect; reference; view: often in the phrases in regard to, with regard to.
  • n. Matter; point; particular; consideration; condition; respect.
  • n. Prospect; object of sight; view.
  • n. In old English forest law:
  • n. Official view or inspection.
  • n. The area within the jurisdiction of the regarders.
  • n. plural Respects; good wishes; compliments: as, give my best regards to the family.
  • n. Comparatively; relatively. Compare in respect.
  • n. In regard to; in respect to.
  • n. Synonyms Notice, observance (of), care, concern.
  • n. Estimate, Estimation, etc. See esteem, love.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
  • n. (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
  • v. deem to be
  • v. connect closely and often incriminatingly
  • v. look at attentively
  • n. an attitude of admiration or esteem
  • n. a feeling of friendship and esteem
  • n. paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)
  • n. (usually preceded by `in') a detail or point
  • n. a long fixed look

Etymologies

Middle English regarden, from Old French regarder : re-, re- + guarder, to guard (of Germanic origin; see guard).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman reguard, reguarde, from early Middle French regard, from regarder ("to look at, observe, regard"), from Old French reguarder. Attested in Middle English starting around the mid 14th century. Compare guard, reward. (Wiktionary)
From Middle French regarder, from Old French reguarder. First attested in late Middle English, circa the early 15th century. (Wiktionary)

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